Biodegradable Plastic

Experts have criticised companies that sell products such as ‘eco-friendly’ nappies, bags or cutlery without telling consumers it requires industrial processors to break them down Read more


Association questions testing methods used in the study, which looks at the degradation rates of five types of plastic bags found commonly on UK high streets when treated as litter. Read more


Researchers from the University of Plymouth examined the degradation of five plastic bag materials widely available from high street retailers in the UK Read more


The UK throws away 2.5 billion coffee cups a year, and over half a million per day become litter - Global product development and technology consultancy firm Cambridge Consultants has been looking at a number of ways to solve the coffee cup problem Read more

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Colourmaster NIP has teamed up with US based BioSphere Plastic, to distribute their biodegradable additive in the UK and Ireland. Read more

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ALPLA: biodegradable coffee cap


ALPLA and Golden Compound have created a biodegradable coffee capsule that consumers can dispose of in their home compost Read more


London packaging machinery supplier Ilapak UK has used its Vegatronic to run a compostable food wrap film. Read more


Following recent pledges by the UK Government to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042, a report from NNFCC argues that bioplastics will be a strength for the British circular economy. Read more


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British scientists have isolated an enzyme from a bacteria only recently evolved to digest PET. Read more

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PG tips tea bags produced with a fully biodegradable corn starch seal will replace polypropylene equivalents in the UK. Read more


Heart attacks caused by minuscule flaws in polymer artery stents will be reduced after a materials advance from scientists in the US. Read more


Shoppers can pick up wine, nuts, bread or veg at Ekoplaza in Amsterdam - but no plastic packaging. Read more

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Axion: Are biodegradable plastics better for the environment?

Richard McKinlay of Axion Consulting sheds light on the use of biodegradable alternatives plastics. Read more

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and its partners have been conducting a research project in a bid to replace microplastics found in cosmetic products Read more


Proposals from the EU to improve degradability of agricultural films have met a sharp riposte from Plastic Recyclers Europe. Read more

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University of Wolverhampton

Materials researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have published results from a project with partners in Poland and Italy to turn PET into bioplastics. Read more




A new material for coffee capsules has been made by RPC to provide a robust compostable container. Read more


An Israeli start-up company that develops biodegradable films is set to launch a new range of sustainable packaging to the UK market. Read more

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Following the recent announcement that a 5p bag tax will be introduced in England from 2015, a UK-based company claims to have developed a biodegradable AND recyclable solution. Read more

Speaking at the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) 8th January, UK recyclers told MPs that an exemption to the proposed carrier bag charge for biodegradable plastics bags would "severely damage" the UK plastics recycling industry. Read more

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